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Apple TV 2.0, iPod touch, iPhone 1.1.3 videos posted, details

We’ve just posted videos of the Apple TV 2.0 software, iPod touch, and iPhone 1.1.3 software to our YouTube account. They’re now available for viewing. Enjoy!

Apple TV: The biggest changes of the day were reserved for the Apple TV, which saw a comprehensive interface overhaul with movie rentals, movie and music purchasing, Flickr photo browsing, and new iTunes Store search features for all forms of media, including podcasting. The software is officially labelled version 2.0, and will be available in two weeks. In our quick tests on the show floor, everything worked as expected, though the new dual-pane menu interface requires a bit more thought to navigate than the prior Apple TV 1.0 menu system. Apple has also streamlined the device’s settings into multiple contextual menus, and added a few little settings that can be seen in our video, such as new photo transitions, expanded parental controls, and new HDMI output modes.

iPhone: All of the new iPhone 1.1.3 features described in our news story, and previously leaked, work as expected. Location finder on Google Maps pinpoints your current location within a roughly one block or so radius—at least in our quick show floor test—and hybrid view overlaps satellite and drawn road maps on top of each other. Webclip enables extremely easy web page bookmark addition to the iPhone’s main page, and the icon rearrangement feature works exactly as expected—hitting the Home button stops the icons from wiggling and being dragged.

iPod touch: Apple representatives on the show floor have confirmed that pre-MWSF08 iPod touch owners who are looking to add the iPhone applications Mail, Stocks, Weather, Notes, and Maps will be paying the $20 fee regardless of whether they recently purchased the touch, or bought it on day one. Those who have purchased in the past 14 days have the option to return and repurchase the touch from a retail Apple Store, however, the 10% restocking fee will apply, costing a minimum of $29.90 for the touch. Our attempt at testing the location finder feature of Maps did not work on the iPod touch, though it worked properly on the iPhone. Otherwise, the new features worked the same on the iPhone as they did on the touch. These applications are not part of the iPod touch 1.1.3 update currently available through iTunes.

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$20?!?!?  Apple must be trying to recoup the money from the $100 iPhone credit snafu.

Can’t you download all the iPhone features to a jail-broken Touch for free?

Posted by Matt on January 15, 2008 at 3:59 PM (CST)


I guess I’ll have to wait a couple of hours to rush home and attempt to sync my Touch from home (where I manage it) to see if I can purchase the upgrade…

You see, the upgrade is available through iTunes… which requires being able to purchase FROM iTunes… which requires being in one of a dozen authorized countries… but not Mexico!

Posted by pacopv on January 15, 2008 at 4:06 PM (CST)


So does mean that future updates are going to cost money?

Posted by Joe on January 15, 2008 at 4:09 PM (CST)


Why is AirTunes an option in the Audio settings of the AppleTV?  I’m not sure what that would even mean…

Posted by Aidan on January 15, 2008 at 4:14 PM (CST)


that’s not the way to treat early adopters!

Posted by daniel on January 15, 2008 at 4:25 PM (CST)


Aidan, I think the AirTunes option means that you can have movies/music play to presumably better speakers that one might have (i.e. 5.1 setup). Speakers that may not necessarily be hooked up to your TV.

Posted by praetorian on January 15, 2008 at 4:33 PM (CST)


iPod Touch update is amazing.  Now that it has Mail it is the best iPod they have ever made.
They must be charging $20 for this update to make money before all the free software appears in February.  Still.  You gotta buy it!

Posted by Jules on January 15, 2008 at 4:44 PM (CST)


Joe, regular “firmware” updates will likely remain free for the iPods as time continues, but in the case of the iPod touch and iPhone, certain “Software applications” may require a purchase for you to add them to the iPhone/iPod Touch, though likely many free version will eventually be available, but who knows until the full SDK details are released.

Posted by studogvetmed in Loveland, CO on January 15, 2008 at 5:32 PM (CST)


HUGE PROBLEMS with the $20 Touch update on existing touch’s. Applications will not load after firmware upgrades and syncing.

Posted by Evan Branson on January 15, 2008 at 5:39 PM (CST)


How does the lyrics function work on the iPhone?

Posted by Flippy Hambone on January 15, 2008 at 5:40 PM (CST)


why can’t i find the download on iTunes?  where is it?

Posted by schaaking in Minneapolis on January 15, 2008 at 6:28 PM (CST)


so i bought the ipod touch update… went through the steps but it didnt ever load and nothing syncs to my ipod… whats the deal!? this shouldnt happen when you have to pay for it…

Posted by cg on January 15, 2008 at 6:34 PM (CST)


What about the new MacBook’s “64gb solid state hard drive. Just like the one in the current iPods”.

When does this come to the iPhone/iPod world?

Posted by MFD on January 15, 2008 at 6:53 PM (CST)



my update doesn’t work either.  to top it all off - they have charged my credit card 5 times so far!!

Posted by matt on January 15, 2008 at 7:21 PM (CST)


I had to completely restore my ipod to it’s original factory settings for it to work :( :(

At least it worked.

Posted by matt on January 15, 2008 at 7:36 PM (CST)


@MFD: That’s an 80 GB hard drive like the one in the $249 iPod classic.  Don’t expect 64 GB SSD in iPhones or iPods any time soon (not at a $999 premium at any rate).

Actually iPods and iPhones wouldn’t need SSD just flash memory as they don’t have the same performance and write tolerance requirements as a full-blown laptop.

Posted by dodo on January 15, 2008 at 7:47 PM (CST)


wow - i can’t believe u guys paid $20 - it just is foolish that they would charge for software that existed already -

Posted by gabe on January 15, 2008 at 8:12 PM (CST)


I got the IPhone Update and it is sweet.
$20 for the IPod Touch upgrade sound harsh but you have to understand that these are extra applications for an IPod even if it’s name said Touch. So it’s still an IPod just with an Touch.

The Apple TV Rental part is really nice and i’m considering to get me one.

The Laptop is really nice but the price is high. If the price would be $1399 that would be a very nice break. other wise the laptop has very nice features.

overall, the 2008 version was not as exiting than the 2007 where the IPhone came out. BUT don’t forget the summer is coming and there will be some more updates coming out for the IPhone/Touch/Apple TV

Posted by dennis on January 15, 2008 at 8:54 PM (CST)


Yes, Dennis. I understand that “it’s still an IPod just with an Touch.” No, hang on. I don’t have *any* idea what you’re talking about! If I went into a shop and bought an iPod Touch next week, it’d have the new apps. If I bought one last week, it wouldn’t have. If you bought a new Mac the week before 10.5 came out, you qualified for a free upgrade. This should be the same ... the touch has only been available for a few months, and this is just shafting early adopters. This should be a free firmware upgrade for iPod Touch owners, given that the retail price is still the same, and that the actual hardware between the two versions is unchanged. I can’t believe anyone at Apple thought this was a good idea.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on January 15, 2008 at 9:05 PM (CST)


Well i just had a look on my local Apple site (New Zealand) the touch 8 gig is listed as $30 cheaper than than what i paid 2mths ago and with new apps this is bullshit all existing touch owners should get these free to put us all on the same playing field, it’s not like people are paying more for the touch and any new apps should’nt come preloaded but be a separate paid download.

Posted by Steven Bates on January 15, 2008 at 9:21 PM (CST)

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